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Dec112017

The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore: The two artists announce joint 2018 tour 

Ethan Miller/WireImageKesha and Macklemore are ready for a new adventure together. The two have announced a joint North American 2018 tour called The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore Tour.

The pair, who previously collaborated on the track “Good Old Days,” will hit the road beginning June 6 in Phoenix, Arizona. They’ll play 29 more cities before wrapping up on August 5 in Tampa, Florida.

In a video announcing the tour, Macklemore almost gives up music for rollerblading, but Kesha convinces him that going on tour together is the much better option.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 15 at noon local time. By buying a ticket, you’ll also be contributing to a good cause. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated. Kesha will donating her proceeds to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, while Macklemore will be donating his to M Plus1, which aims to advance racial and social justice.

Here are the dates:

6/6 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
6/8 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
6/9 -- Las Vegas. NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
6/12 -- Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
6/14 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/16 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
6/17 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
6/20 -- Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
6/22 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
6/23 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
6/25 -- Rogers, AK, Arkansas Music Pavilion
6/26 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/10 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/11 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/13 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
7/14 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/16 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
7/18 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/19 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/21 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
7/22 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
7/24 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/25 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
7/27 -- Holmdel, NJ,PNC Bank Arts Center
7/28 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/30 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/1 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
8/2 -- Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/4 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
8/5 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

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Monday
Dec112017

Alice in Chains schedules 2018 headlining tour

Credit: Johnny BuzzerioAlice in Chains will hit the road on a North American headlining tour next year. The trek begins April 28 in Boston, and will hit Toronto, Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta and Chicago, among others. Visit AliceinChains.com for ticket info.

Along with the headlining dates, Alice in Chains will play a number of festivals next spring, including Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock on the Range.

Here are Alice in Chains' 2018 headlining tour dates:

4/28 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
4/30 -- Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theatre
5/1 -- Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
5/3 -- Washington, D.C., Anthem
5/7 -- New York, NY, Hammerstein Ballroom
5/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Coca-Cola Roxy
5/15 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
5/16 -- South Bend, IN, Morris Performing Arts Center

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Monday
Dec112017

Tool, Avenged Sevenfold headlining 2018 Northern Invasion festival

AEG Presents/Danny Wimmer PresentsTool and Avenged Sevenfold will headline the 2018 Northern Invasion festival, held May 12-13 in Somerset, Wisconsin.

The lineup also includes fellow Maynard James Keenan band A Perfect Circle, plus Alice in Chains, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, The Used, I Prevail, Black Stone Cherry, Atreyu, Andrew W.K. and 10 Years, among others.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit NorthernInvasion.com.

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Monday
Dec112017

Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey nominated for Golden Globes

Courtesy of NetflixMary J. Blige has received two Golden Globe nominations: one for acting, and one for songwriting.

Mary is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Mudbound, the Netflix movie about two World War II veterans -- one white, one black, -- who return to rural Mississippi and struggle to adjust to civilian life.

Her competition in that category includes Allison Janney for I, TonyaLaurie Metcalf for Lady Bird, and Octavia Spencer for The Shape of Water.

Mary is also up for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for "Mighty River," a song from Mudboundthat she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson.   

Mariah Carey is nominated in that same category for "The Star," the ballad she co-wrote with Marc Shaiman from the animated Christmas movie of the same name. 

Mariah and Mary are facing off against fellow pop star Nick Jonas, who's nominated for "Home," the song he co-wrote from the upcoming animated movie Ferdinand.   

Also nominated: Coco's "Remember Me," written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the team who brought you Frozen; and the Oscar-winning duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for "This Is Me," from the movie The Greatest Showman.   

They also wrote the lyrics for all of the songs in La La Land.

The 75th Golden Globes will air Sunday, January 7, 2018 on NBC, with Seth Meyers as host. 

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Monday
Dec112017

Mariah Carey nominated for a Golden Globe Award 

Sony Pictures AnimationMariah Carey has received a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Original Song from a Motion Picture.

Mariah is nominated for "The Star," a ballad which she co-wrote with Marc Shaiman.  It's from the animated Christmas movie of the same name. 

Surprisingly, a Golden Globe is one of the few awards Mariah hasn't won in her storied career.  In 1999, her duet with Whitney Houston, "When You Believe," from the movie Prince of Egypt, was nominated, but she didn't write it, so she didn't receive a nomination.

Her competition in the category includes pop star Nick Jonas, who's nominated for "Home," a song he co-wrote for the upcoming animated movie Ferdinand.   Also in the category is "Mighty River," a song from the movie Mudbound, written by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson, as well as Coco's "Remember Me," written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the team who brought you Frozen. 

The final nominees in the category are the Oscar-winning duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for "This Is Me," from the movie The Greatest Showman.  They also wrote the lyrics for all of the songs in La La Land.

The 75th Golden Globes will air Sunday, January 7, 2018 on NBC, with Seth Meyers as host.

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Monday
Dec112017

The Beach Boys release two expansive digital companions to "1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow" compilation

Capitol/UMeThe Beach Boys have just released two new archival digital collections culled from the same period as the band's recent 1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow compilation, which focuses on recordings the band made during sessions for Wild Honey and Smiley Smile albums.

The first digital collection is titled 1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions. It features 29 previously unreleased tracks, including studio outtakes from the Wild Honey and Smiley Smile sessions, as well as from the shelved Lei'd in Hawaii album that was conceived as a live album but was made up mainly of performances recorded in a Los Angeles studio.

The second new release is called Live Sunshine -- 1967, and it boasts an expansive 109 tracks recorded at concert rehearsals and at various shows that The Beach Boys played in August and November of '67. All of these performances were previously unreleased except for eight tunes that also appeared on 1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow.

Here is the track list of 1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions:

"Heroes and Villains" -- A Cappella
"Vegetables" -- Track and Background Vocals
"She's Going Bald" -- Track and Background Vocals
"Little Pad" -- A Cappella
"With Me Tonight" -- Session Highlight
"Wind Chimes" -- Track and Background Vocals
"Gettin' Hungry" -- Track and Background Vocals
"Whistle In" -- Track and Background Vocals
"Aren't You Glad" -- Stereo Single Mix
"I Was Made to Love Her" -- Track and Background Vocals
"Country Air" -- Track and Background Vocals
"Darlin'" -- Track and Background Vocals
"I'd Love Just Once to See You" -- Track and Background Vocals
"Here Comes the Night" -- A Cappella
"Let the Wind Blow" -- A Cappella
"How She Boogalooed It" -- Track and Stereo Last Verse
"Lonely Days" -- Session Highlight and Track
"Time to Get Alone" -- Backing Track
"Cool Cool Water" -- Alternate Mix
"Can't Wait Too Long" -- Alternative Mix with Tag
"Tune L" -- Session (Unreleased)
"Good News" -- Outtake
"Surfin'" -- Studio Backing Track (Lei'd in Hawaii)
"Heroes and Villains" -- Studio Version (Lei'd in Hawaii)
"With a Little Help from My Friends" -- Session Highlight and Track with Background Vocals
"Barbara Ann" -- Studio Backing Track (Lei'd in Hawaii)
"California Girls" -- Studio Stereo Mix (Lei'd in Hawaii)
"God Only Knows" -- Studio Stereo Mix (Lei'd in Hawaii)
"Surfer Girl" -- Studio Stereo Mix, Alternate Take (Lei'd in Hawaii)

And here's the track list of Live Sunshine -- 1967:

"Heroes and Villains" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"God Only Knows" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Good Vibrations" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"The Letter" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"You're So Good to Me" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Hawaii" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"All Day All Night" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"California Girls" -- Rehearsal Take 1 (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Surfin'" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Sloop John B" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"California Girls" -- Rehearsal Take 2 (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"The Letter" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Hawaii" (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"You're So Good to Me" (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Surfer Girl" (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Surfin'" (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Gettin' Hungry" (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Sloop John B" (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"California Girls" (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Heroes and Villains" (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"God Only Knows" (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Good Vibrations" (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"Barbara Ann" (Live in Hawaii, 8/25/67)
"The Letter" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Hawaii" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67) [new edit & mix]
"You're So Good to Me" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"God Only Knows" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Help Me Rhonda" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"California Girls" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Good Vibrations" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Heroes and Villains" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67) [new edit & mix]
"Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"The Lord's Prayer" -- Rehearsal (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Hawthorne Boulevard" -- Instrumental (Live in Honolulu, 1967)*
"Hawaii" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"You're So Good to Me" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Help Me Rhonda" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"California Girls" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Gettin' Hungry" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67) [new edit & mix]
"Surfer Girl" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Surfin'" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67) [new edit & mix]
"Sloop John B" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"The Letter" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67) [new edit & mix]
"God Only Knows" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Good Vibrations" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Heroes and Villains" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Barbara Ann" (Live in Hawaii, 8/26/67)
"Barbara Ann" (Live in Detroit, 11/17/67)
"Darlin'" (Live in Detroit, 11/17/67)
"Country Air" (Live in Detroit, 11/17/67)*
"I Get Around" (Live in Detroit, 11/17/67)
"How She Boogalooed It" (Live in Detroit, 11/17/67)*
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Live in Detroit, 11/17/67)
"God Only Knows" (Live in Detroit, 11/17/67)
"California Girls" (Live in Detroit, 11/17/67)
"Wild Honey" (Live in Detroit, 11/17/67)*
"Graduation Day" (Live in Detroit, 11/17/67)
"Good Vibrations" (Live in Detroit, 11/17/67)
"Johnny B. Goode" (Live in Detroit, 11/17/67)
"Barbara Ann" (Live in Washington, D.C., 11/19/67)
"Darlin'" (Live in Washington, D.C., 11/19/67)
"I Get Around" (Live in Washington, D.C., 11/19/67)
"Surfer Girl" (Live in Washington, D.C., 11/19/67)
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Live in Washington, D.C., 11/19/67)
"God Only Knows" (Live in Washington, D.C., 11/19/67)
"California Girls" (Live in Washington, D.C., 11/19/67)*
"Wild Honey" (Live in Washington, D.C., 11/19/67)
"Good Vibrations" (Live in Washington, D.C., 11/19/67)
"Graduation Day" (Live in Washington, D.C., 11/19/67)*
"Johnny B. Goode" (Live in Washington, D.C., 11/19/67)
"Help Me Rhonda" (Live in White Plains, NY, 11/21/67)
"Barbara Ann" (Live in White Plains, NY, 11/21/67)
"Darlin'" (Live in White Plains, NY, 11/21/67)
"Surfer Girl" (Live in White Plains, NY, 11/21/67)
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Live in White Plains, NY, 11/21/67)
"God Only Knows" (Live in White Plains, NY, 11/21/67)
"California Girls" (Live in White Plains, NY, 11/21/67)
"Wild Honey" (Live in White Plains, NY, 11/21/67)
"Graduation Day" (Live in White Plains, NY, 11/21/67)
"Good Vibrations" (Live in White Plains, NY, 11/21/67)
"Help Me Rhonda" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67)
"Barbara Ann" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67)
"I Get Around" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67)
"Darlin'" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67) *
"Surfer Girl" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67)
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67)
"God Only Knows" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67)
"California Girls" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67)
"Wild Honey" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67)
"Good Vibrations" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67)
"Johnny B. Goode" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67)
"Graduation Day" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67)
"Sloop John B" (Live in Pittsburgh, 11/22/67)
"Help Me Rhonda" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67)
"Barbara Ann" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67)
"Darlin'" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67)
"Surfer Girl" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67)
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67)
"God Only Knows" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67)
"California Girls" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67)
"Wild Honey" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67)
"Good Vibrations" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67)
"I Get Around" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67) *
"Sloop John B" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67)
"Graduation Day" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67)
"Johnny B. Goode" (Live in Boston, 11/23/67)

* = previously appeared on 1967 -- Sunshine Tomorrow compilation.

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Monday
Dec112017

Red Hot Chili Peppers will be "concentrating on writing more songs" in 2018, says Chad Smith 

Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers had a busy 2017, spending much of the year touring in support of their latest album, 2016's The Getaway. The band's 2018 looks to be a bit quieter, but drummer Chad Smith says they'll still be working.

"We're just gonna take a break for the rest of this year, and then we'll start up [and] probably write some more songs next year," Smith tells ABC Radio. "Hopefully [we'll] make a record at some point. That's the plan."

As for touring plans, the Peppers will play a California wildfire benefit show in San Francisco on Thursday, December 14, and they'll be headlining the Lollapalooza South America festivals in Argentina, Chile and Brazil in March. Other than that, Smith says the band doesn't plan to spend too much time on the road in 2018.

"There's not gonna be any more touring next year, really," he says. Instead, writing new song will be the Chil Peppers' priority.

"We're just concentrating on writing more songs and getting better and trying to keep doing what we're doing, 'cause we love it," Smith says.

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Monday
Dec112017

Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockIn 1989, Travis Tritt scored a top-10 hit with his debut single. Can you name the barroom anthem that put the Georgia native on the map? ANSWER: "Country Club."

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Monday
Dec112017

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood nominated for Golden Globe 

NBCRadiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is included in the list of nominees for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, which were announced Monday morning. The musician's work on the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film Phantom Thread is up for Best Original Score -- Motion Picture.

Other nominees in the category include John Williams for The Post, Hans Zimmer for Dunkirk, Alexandre Desplant for The Shape of Water, and Carter Burwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Greenwood previously scored the Anderson films There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice. His There Will Be Blood soundtrack was nominated for the 2009 Grammys.

Phantom Thread, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis in his final role, hits theaters December 25.

The 2018 Golden Globes will air Sunday, January 7 on NBC.

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Monday
Dec112017

Mariah Carey, Nick Jonas nominated for Golden Globe Awards 

Sony Pictures AnimationMariah Carey and Nick Jonas have both received Golden Globe nominations in the category of Best Original Song from a Motion Picture.

Mariah is nominated for "The Star," which she co-wrote with Marc Shaiman.  It's from the animated Christmas movie of the same name.  As for Nick, he's nominated for "Home," from the upcoming animated movie Ferdinand.  He co-wrote the song with Justin Tranter and Nick Monson.

Their competition includes "Mighty River," a song from the movie Mudbound, written by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson, and Coco's "Remember Me," written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the team who brought you Frozen. 

Also nominated are the Oscar-winning duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for "This Is Me," from the movie The Greatest Showman.  They also wrote the lyrics for all of the songs in La La Land.

The 75th Golden Globes will air Sunday, January 7, 2018 on NBC, with Seth Meyers as host.

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Monday
Dec112017

Josh Homme apologizes after kicking photographer during concert

Credit: Andreas NeumannQueens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme is apologizing for an incident at a concert in Los Angeles on Saturday in which he allegedly kicked a photographer who was shooting the band's performance.

Photographer Chelsea Lauren posted video of the incident to Instagram. In the video Homme is seen walking across the stage playing a guitar solo before pausing on his way back to the mic stand to kick a photographer taking a picture from below the stage. Lauren wrote, "Thanks to @joshhomme @queensofthestoneage I now get to spend my night in the ER. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?!?"

Later she posted three other images from the show, two of Homme apparently looking down at her and appearing to prepare to kick, and a third showing Homme bleeding from the forehead after, Lauren says, he cut himself with a knife.

Lauren provided an update Sunday in the second post, thanking people for their support and writing, "My neck is a sore, my eyebrow bruised and I'm a bit nauseous. The doctor released me early in the morning."  She added, "Assault in any form is not okay, no matter what the reasoning. Alcohol and drugs are no excuse. I was where I was allowed to be, I was not breaking any rules. I was simply trying to do my job."

In a statement Sunday on the QOTSA Twitter account, Homme offered a written apology.  Later Sunday he took to Instagram to post a video message saying, ""I'd just like to apologize to Chelsea Lauren.  I don't have any excuse or reason to justify what I did.  I was a total d*** and I'm truly sorry and I hope you're OK.  I've made a lot of mistakes in my life and last night was definitely one of them."

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Monday
Dec112017

Justin Bieber wants to "use my resources" to help plan rebuilding after Southern California wildfires

Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber wants to help his neighbors rebuild after six major wildfires in Southern California that have burned over 175,000 acres of land.

Justin said in a video posted to Instagram on Friday  that he hopes to help with efforts to rebuild.

"I'm going to have a conversation with some people, and we are going to get moving on a solution," he vowed. "Obviously I am not a fireman, but I can use my resources to figure out ways to get some sort of restoration in certain communities, fundraisers, whatever we can do."

Justin also shared information on where his fans can donate clothes, toiletries and even "toys for kids." The post didn't detail where the items would be donated to.

The blazes have been fanned by fierce Santa Ana winds, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Among the thousands forced to evacuate last week as the fires spread were some celebrities, including Chelsea Handler, Lea Michele, Jennifer Tilly, Paris Hilton, Lisa Rinna and her husband Harry Hamlin.

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Monday
Dec112017

Neil Young's vintage cars, guitars, model trains bring in big bucks at L.A. auction

Courtesy of Julien's AuctionsSome deep-pocketed Neil Young fans harvested a variety of expensive items that belonged to the folk-rock legend at an auction held Saturday, December 9. More than 450 lots were sold during the event, hosted by Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles, with the priciest item being a rare 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark Convertible that went for $400,000 after only being expected to fetch between 200,000 to $300,000.

Among the highlights of the sale, which included a live auction, as well as bidding online and via phone, were more than 230 pieces of Young's expansive model train collection, which brought in a collective total of almost $300,000. A number of guitars owned by Neil also were auctioned, including a 1977 Martin D-19 acoustic and a 1999 White Falcon Gretsch that both sold for $43,750, and a pair of other Gretsches dating back to 1957 that brought in $37,500 apiece.

Meanwhile, a group of Universal preamp module were auctioned for $68,750, and a 1958 Neve/Telefunken tube microphone sold for $42,500.

A couple of other vintage vehicles belonging to Young also were auctioned: 1941 Chrysler Series 28 Windsor Highlander two-door coupe that previously had been owned by actor Steve McQueen sold for $35,200; and a 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse that was similar to one Neil used while in his early band The Squires brought in $31,250.

Part of the proceeds from the auction will benefit The Bridge School, a facility for students with severe physical and speech impairments that Neil's ex-wife Pegi co-founded. Check out the auction's full results at JuliensLive.com.

In related news, Julien's Auctions is hosting another online sale featuring more items belonging to Young that's scheduled to close Sunday, December 17, at 11 a.m. PT.

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Monday
Dec112017

98 Degrees has been celebrating Christmas for half the year -- and they're not sick of it yet 

Elias TahanChristmas is fast approaching, but the guys of 98 Degrees have been in the holiday spirit for half the year. They recorded their second Christmas album, Let It Snow, in the summer and kicked off their holiday tour last month.

While most people might need a Christmas detox after all that, they guys say they’ve embraced the non-stop Christmas cheer.

“Our single, ‘Season of Love,’ is actually about taking the Christmas spirit year round, like the spirit of generosity and love,” Drew Lachey tells ABC Radio. “So, you know, we just got a jump-start. Yeah, we're living it. Every day.”

The group first became part of fans’ holiday traditions with their first Christmas album, This Christmas, back in 1999.

“To be able to be part of people's traditions and their memories going forth for the rest of their lives, that's a big honor,” Drew says. “...That was a big reason why we decided we were gonna do another Christmas album.”

And an added bonus of doing a second Christmas album? A chance to shoot a better cover. The guys all have their complaints about that original cover -- from Nick Lachey’s out-of-place smoldering look to the sickly tint to their skin.

“If you look at that picture, there are so many things wrong with that picture,” Nick laughs. “You know, the brooding look is one, the color of our skin is another, the wardrobe is a third. There's a lot of things that we could point out on that cover.”

98 Degrees will wrap up their holiday tour on December 23 and head home for the holidays.

“Just getting home to be with [family] for the holidays is a gift for us and hopefully for them as well,” Jeff Timmons says. 

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Monday
Dec112017

Red Hot Chili Peppers will be "concentrating on writing more songs" in 2018, says Chad Smith 

Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers had a busy 2017, spending much of the year touring in support of their latest album, 2016's The Getaway. The band's 2018 looks to be a bit quieter, but drummer Chad Smith says they'll still be working.

"We're just gonna take a break for the rest of this year, and then we'll start up [and] probably write some more songs next year," Smith tells ABC Radio. "Hopefully [we'll] make a record at some point. That's the plan."

As for touring plans, the Peppers will play a California wildfire benefit show in San Francisco December 14, and they'll be headlining the Lollapalooza South America festivals in Argentina, Chile and Brazil in March. Other than that, Smith says the band doesn't plan to spend too much time on the road in 2018.

"There's not gonna be any more touring next year, really," he says.  Instead, writing new song will be the Chilis' priority.

"We're just concentrating on writing more songs and getting better and trying to keep doing what we're doing, 'cause we love it," Smith says.

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Monday
Dec112017

Tamar Braxton is "really excited" for sister Toni Braxton's forthcoming new album

LoganLand RecordsTamar Braxton is well aware that older sister Toni Braxton is gearing up for the 2018 release of her first solo album in eight years, titled Sex & Cigarettes

But Tamar tells ABC Radio that there was a time when she had "no idea" about Toni's plans to come out of retirement. 

In turn, Toni didn't know about Tamar's latest album, Bluebird of Happiness.

"We live right around the corner from each other and we talk about everything except for this," Tamar says. 

"You know, I love her single ["Deadwood"] and I'm really excited that she decided not to retire because that is Toni Braxton, living legend." 

As for Tamar's newest disc, which is out now, she says tha it's not only mix of different musical genres, like "R&B and pop," but overall "more of a feeling ...It's a body of work," she says. 

The "My Man" singer further explains that even though she's "the biggest, ratchet music lover ever," it's important for artists to know how to differentiate between being a fan and being an entertainer in order to make music that's the best representation of themselves. 

"I remember when I first started Love and War, I wanted all of these features and sing with the gangsta lean," she begins. 

"You can be a fan, but that's not who you are as an artist. There's a difference. You have to know who you are as an artist." 

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Monday
Dec112017

Nashville notes 

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWalker Hayes has a busy week ahead of him following the release of his debut album, boom. The country singer will perform his current single, "You Broke Up with Me," on NBC's TODAY Show on Dec. 11 and on CBS' The Talk on Dec. 12. Check your guide for local listings.

Country duo Walker McGuire, composed of Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire, will release their self-titled debut EP on Jan. 12. Their forthcoming single, "Lost," will hit radio on Jan. 16 and is currently available for streaming on all digital platforms.

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) announced that its 26th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival will be held April 3 - April 7, 2018 in Nashville. The yearly festival highlights hit songwriters performing throughout Music City's venues over the span of five days.

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Monday
Dec112017

"My Christmas dreams were broken": The part of the holiday that didn't make Brett Eldredge "Glow"

ABC/Mark LevineLike so many of us these days, Christmas-lover Brett Eldredge is busy decking the halls. But “The Long Way” hitmaker admits he does have some help.

“I deck out my house with Christmas stuff. Do I do it myself one-hundred percent? No, my mom is the mastermind of all the décor,” he says. “If it was something like really awful-looking, I would tell her. But other than that, I'm like, 'Let's go crazy. I'll help you set it up. You tell me where to put stuff.' And we decorate the tree.”

For Brett, it was especially sweet to get to play his own holiday record, Glow, while trimming the tree last year.

“We always talked about, like one day we're gonna listen to my own Christmas album together,” he recalls, “after all these years of listening to all these classics that inspired me to make that album. So it was special.”

Some other parts of Brett’s yuletide plans didn’t go quite so well, however.

“Last year, I got a full-blown, giant, Fraser Fir Christmas tree,” he explains. “Then I got allergic to it. Two days after hauling it into the place, and I'm sneezing, I got a sore throat. I'm like, 'What in the world?' And lo and behold, it was the Christmas tree, and I was so heartbroken, because I always wanted to have my own Christmas tree, like a real one, in my house.”

Brett goes on: “My Christmas dreams were broken and I went and I got a really, really cool fake one. But that's fine. I'll just get candles that smell like Christmas trees, I guess.”

For 2017, Brett’s Christmas album, Glow, is available on vinyl for the very first time.

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Monday
Dec112017

Before MAX's fans started using "Lights Down Low" to propose, he used it himself

Jade Ehlers"Lights Down Low" isn't just MAX's first big hit: it's also the song he used to pop the question to his wife, Emily.  But MAX says he never expected a song inspired by their love to become a hit, let alone one other couples would use for their proposals.

"I had no foresight of it being this 'Lights Down Low'-on-the-radio kinda thing, that's the most amazing part," MAX tells ABC Radio. "That it just came from [love]  and then...me using it to propose to her -- it's sorta been this through line of just staying true to who we are."

As for that proposal, it happened in Chicago, on the site of their first date. 

"I had a harp player," he recalls to ABC Radio. "Because we would always joke about having a harp player that would wake us up in the morning on our balcony. And so Emily walked into this room where we had our first date, and I was standing there with a harp player."

"She started playing, and I started singing ['Lights Down Low']," he continues. "Emily started crying, and I started crying, and then I couldn't really sing the song!  And then I got down on one knee and proposed."

It wasn't just the song that MAX incorporated into the proposal: his parents were also involved.

"My parents got the ring the day before, 'cause it was my great-grandmother's stone," he explains. "They got it made, and they flew to Chicago with it, so they were literally, like, Lord of the Rings-style bringing me the ring! ...and they're standing in the corner while I'm proposing to my wife and it was...just like...all things kinda came together."

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Friday
Dec082017

Listen to Jimmy Eat World's acoustic "Integrity Blues" EP

ABC/Randy HolmesJimmy Eat World has released an acoustic EP, featuring unplugged versions of songs from the band's latest album, Integrity Blues. You can grab the three-track collection now via digital outlets.

The EP features acoustic renditions of the singles "Sure and Certain" and "Get Right," plus the Integrity Blues title track.

Jimmy Eat World kicks off a U.S. headlining tour in support of Integrity Blues May 5 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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